Katinka Bock, reflection material

This German artist, living in France, does special cases of time and transformations, dreamy and sacred, between prints and future.

“Space and time make my pieces alive”. In Katinka Bock’s art, erosion and prints are central subjects – she observes and transcends time that passes or prints that leave men. In 2010 she presented to the Museum of contemporary art of the old capital of the American automobile that Detroit is Miles and Moments: a sculpture made of clay rolls printed with car tires tracks, subtle equation of the foundations of the piece, the place it is exhibited and the sensitive material is it made off. This German, born in Francfort is now settled in France and use humble materials “rain and sea water, copper, ceramic as much as movie and photography. I am not interested in too complex technology.” Katinka Bock maintains with her predilection medium, a unique relationship: “I love to experience alone. In that way, the material is as important as the thought, the perception or the speech.” We often wrongly compared her sculptures and installations to the Arte povera. She prefers to claims an affinity with the work of the Swiss Miriam Cahn or to her compatriot Rosemarie Tockel, savage and poetic. Closely conceived with the place in which she operates, her art also knows how to detach from this to win in autonomy: “a piece created in a lake or under a doormat can have another life in another context”, says her creator. An art that questions, by rebound, human and its condition. Arid and invigorating, it plunges the spectator in a second state, between meditative transe and amazement.

Katinka Bock exposes in Paris at the Jocelyn Wolff gallery, 78 rue Julien Lacroix (Paris XX).

Photos: Alexandre Tabaste